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State Fact Sheets for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children

More than six million children - approximately 1 in 12 - are living in households headed by grandparents (4.5 million children) or other relatives (1.5 million children). U.S. Census 2000 data tell us that 2.4 million grandparents are taking on primary responsibility for their grandchildren's basic needs. Many of these grandparents have assumed this responsibility without the parent of the child being in the home.

These grandparent and other relative caregivers often lack information about the range of support services, benefits and policies they need to fulfill their caregiving role. In an effort to remedy this situation, a group of child and aging advocacy and research organizations has prepared State Fact Sheets, which provide helpful state-specific data and information for all the states and the District of Columbia.

In a unique national partnership, the AARP Foundation, the Children’s Defense Fund, Casey Family Programs’ National Center for Resource Family Support, The Brookdale Foundation, the Child Welfare League of America, and Generations United have compiled and released state fact sheets that include:

  • Census data on the number of grandparent caregivers and the children they are raising
  • A comprehensive list of local programs, resources and services
  • State foster care policies for kinship (grandparent and other relative) caregivers
  • Information about key public benefit programs
  • Important state laws
  • National organizations that may be of help

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Each state fact sheet will be revised once annually, with approximately 12-13 states being fully updated each quarter. All state fact sheet updates should be sent to the AARP Foundation Grandparent Information Center by email at, or by fax to (202) 434-6466.

To access the Fact Sheet for a particular state, click on the state name below.

Alabama Alaska Arizona
Arkansas California Colorado
Connecticut DC Delaware
Florida Georgia Hawaii
Idaho Illinois Indiana
Iowa Kansas Kentucky
Louisiana Maine Maryland
Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota
Mississippi Missouri Montana
Nebraska Nevada New Jersey
New Mexico New York New Hampshire
North Carolina North Dakota Ohio
Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania
Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota
Tennessee Texas Utah
Vermont Virginia Washington
West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming


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Amy Goyer, National Coordinator, AARP Foundation Grandparent Information Center
Updated July 2006
May be copied only for noncommercial purposes and with attribution; permission required for all other purposes.
AARP, Knowledge Management, 601 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20049

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